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Church Looses a Dedicated Servant, Bishop William Waqo
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April 11, 2006

[CAPA - Africa] The Rt. Rev. William Waqo, Provincial Secretary of the Anglican Church of Kenya and Personal Assistant to Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi, died in a plane crash yesterday Monday 10th April 2006 while on a peace mission to the north-eastern part of the country. He was also an Assistant Bishop of Kirinyaga Diocese.

Bishop Waqo was in the company of the area’s Members of Parliament and Government officials who were on their way to Marsabit for peace talks aimed at ending livestock rustling and inter-clan fighting that has hit the area in the recent past.

The military plane carrying the delegation slammed into a hillside and broke into two before bursting into flames. Thirteen of the seventeen passengers on board were killed on impact and one of the four survivors died while being flown to hospital in Nairobi. Among the dead were six MPs.

This is a great loss not only to the Anglican Church of Kenya but to CAPA and the entire Anglican Communion, which he served. Bishop Waqo has been helping the CAPA Secretariat administratively in the absence of a General Secretary.

Archbishop Nzimbi described Waqo as a true Christian and a dedicated servant of God.

His widow, Rev. Naomi, and four children, the youngest of whom is three weeks old, survive Bishop Waqo.

We send our condolences to the family, relatives and friends and the entire Anglican Church of Kenya during this period of mourning and great loss. They are in our prayers.

Eternal peace grant him O Lord.